We’ve completed the postings on our Scotti ancestors in Agropoli. Before beginning the series on the Muro family we wanted to take a break and share photos of Rome. They were taken during the vacation Grandma Josie and Grandpa Sam took me on in 1976.
Our Vacation to Italy Summer of 1976: Our first week in Rome
Our first week of sightseeing in Rome went by very quickly. Italia and Stefania guided us through the most important sites of Rome. Since Stefania was just 9 years old Italia did not want to be out for hours in the hot sun waiting on long lines for admission to churches or museums. We went sightseeing early in the mornings ending each of our expeditions with a long and leisurely lunch at one of the small, out-of-the way places Italia knew.
On other mornings we went shopping at small boutiques that sold exquisite leather handbags, shoes and clothing. We’d follow-up with a visit to an Italian Gelateria which Stefania selected. She sure knew her ice cream! I remember one Gelateria was an oasis of cool and quiet. The marble topped tables were such a contrast to the formica topped tables of ice cream parlors back in Brooklyn. An added treat was getting a tiny scoop of lemon ice on top of the vanilla ice cream I ordered. The contrast in flavors was very enjoyable. Italian ice cream is rich and smooth. The vanilla swirled ice cream with chocolate sprinkles from the Mister Softee truck back in Brooklyn did not cross my mind at all once I developed a liking for gelato.
Of all the sites we visited in Rome, the ones that left the deepest impression on me were St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square. I share these memories along with photos from the trip. After the photos comes a section with some factual data that is sure to add to the appreciation of these important sites.
From Our Photo Album
Italia, Stefania, Grandma Josie and me visited the Spanish Steps first. As we approached the top I was reminded of many fairytales I’d read as a child. The site that greeted us reminded me of a palace where a beautiful Queen and handsome King lived.